Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 19-5 REGION 5-1, CONFERENCE 5-1)

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4 Second Half Rally Leads Men’s Basketball past Orange CC 73-51

(Valhalla, NY) – After losing two straight games, and three of their last four to Orange Community College, heading into Tuesday night’s showdown, it was not out of the question that the visiting Colts had Westchester CC’s number. That is, until halftime ended, and the final 20 minutes of play began. Freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) registered his second double double of the 2019-2020 season with 15 points and 10 rebounds over 31 minutes. Freshman Daniel Barrera (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) scored 13 points, shooting 5 for 8 from the floor, as Westchester notched its biggest win of the 2020 portion of their schedule, blasting Orange CC 73-51 in front of a packed house at Viking Gymnasium.

With the win, the Vikings are now 18-5 overall, and 4-1 in NJCAA Region XV play, with their only loss coming to the Colts on Nov. 19. Since then, Westchester is 12-2, having now won 11 of its last 12 games.

Just like the first time around when Orange defeated Westchester 60-56 on Nov. 19, the Colts (15-8, 3-2) did everything they could to slow the game down to a crawl, and control the pace of play. For 20 minutes, it was effective. The teams traded the lead seven times during the first half, with Orange leading by as many as five during the first half, and Westchester taking a six-point lead with 2:10 to play until halftime, thanks to a Barrera lay-up. However, from there, Westchester missed its final three shots of the first half, along with two free throws, and Orange scored the final four points of the opening stanza, to cut Westchester’s lead to 23-21 at the break … an uncharacteristically low score for the Vikings. Westchester shot only 32% during the first half, and committed 15 turnovers – compared to seven for Orange – allowing the game to be close.

However, the final 20 minutes featured a total change of pace as the Vikings played fast from start-to-finish, blowing the game wide open. The Colts turned the ball over during their first six possessions of the second half, allowing Westchester to score eight straight points, and two Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) free throws with 18:43 to play gave Westchester a 31-21 lead. From there, two more Orange turnovers, and two missed field goal attempts, allowed Westchester to extend the run to 15-2, giving Westchester a 38-23 lead with 17:01 to play.

Incredibly, Westchester’s 15-2 run came during a span of only 2:59.

As the second half wound down, the Vikings did not let up. A Fleurimond lay-up with 4:52 to play extended the lead to 27 points, and Westchester cruised from there.

The stellar Westchester defense forced 18 Orange turnovers during the second half of play, as the Vikings had a 32-17 edge in points off turnovers for the game. Westchester also out-rebounded an outstanding Colt team on the boards, 47-42. For the game, Westchester also out-shot Orange 40%-34percentage.

Also for the Vikings, Moore scored 11 points, and added five rebounds and four steals, while sophomore Anthony Monti (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) added nine points, six assists, and four rebounds. Overall, Westchester featured nine different Vikings who scored points.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6 MEN’S BASKETBALL DOWNS ROCKLAND CC 86-77 BEHIND FRESHMAN’S CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE

(Suffern, NY) – Fielding one of the youngest teams in the NJCAA, if the home stretch of the 2019-2020 season is a sign of things to come for the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team, this terrific group of freshman is going to make things very interesting as an outstanding core achieves veteran status. Two nights after freshman accounted for 57 of the Vikings’ 73 points during Westchester’s biggest win of the 2020 component of their schedule, six WCC freshman combined for 60 points alone as Westchester defeated Rockland Community College, 86-77 on Thursday night at Rockland CC.

With their third straight win, the Vikings are now 19-5 for the 2019-2020 season, including a 5-1 record against Mid-Hudson Conference/NJCAA Region XV competition. The win marked the sixth straight game that the Vikings have outscored Rockland CC since Westchester returned to varsity status.

This time around, it was not nearly as easy as the first time these two teams met, when Westchester opened up a 61-28 halftime lead en route to a 95-59 win on Nov. 21, 2019, as Westchester fell behind early, and trailed 38-26 at halftime. However, the Vikings stormed back to outscore the hosts 60-39 during the final 20 minutes to secure their 12th win during their last 13th game.

Freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS), who has been brilliant for several long stretches of the season, was at his very best on Thursday, scoring a career-high 27 points, including five three pointers. Fellow freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS), who has been simply dominant as of late, had another big game with 22 points, one shy of his career high.

Also for the Vikings, sophomore Joe Zayer (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South HS) added 14 points. All 12 Vikings who played scored at least one point during the game.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 10-12, REGION 4-2, CONFERENCE 4-2)

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4 Women’s Basketball Falls 87-54 to Orange CC

(Valhalla, NY) – Freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) registered her seventh double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with five steals and four blocked shots. Freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) added 14 points, but the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team lost its fourth straight game, 87-54 to Orange Community College on Tuesday night at Viking Gymnasium. With the loss, Westchester is now 9-12 for the 2019-2020 season, and 3-2 in Mid-Hudson Conference/NJCAA Region XV play.

Orange (7-10, 3-2) jumped out to a 15-3 lead, and never looked back, leading 21-10 after the first quarter. A better second quarter saw the Vikings trail 45-27 at halftime, but Westchester was unable to make the game closer. Orange then outscored the Vikings 42-27 over the final 20 minutes to cruise to the win.

Also for the Vikings, sophomore Jada Tom (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) scored eight points, while freshman Marisol Rodriguez (New York, NY/High School for Economics & Finance) added five points and seven rebounds.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6 Women’s Basketball downs Rockland CC 77-43 to Claim 10th Victory behind Freshman’s 24 points.

(Suffern, NY) – When the team’s playoff prospects were on the line, the Vikings play at their very best. Freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/William Cullen Bryant HS) scored a game-high 24 points, to go with six rebounds and three assists, and sophomore Jada Tom (Elmsford, NY/Alexander Hamilton HS) added 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists, as Westchester swept the season series against Rockland Community College, 77-43 on Thursday night at Rockland CC.

With the win, Westchester’s first after a four-game losing streak, the Vikings incredibly improve to 10-12 for the 2019-2020 season, including an outstanding 4-2 ledger in Mid-Hudson Conference and NJCAA Region XV play. The win allows the Vikings to keep pace with Orange Community College as the teams battle for a top-two seed for the upcoming Region XV championship tournament.

For a program competing in its first full varsity season, with only one sophomore on the roster, the 10-win plateau and coming trip to the post-season represents an incredible accomplishment.

Also for Westchester, freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) added 17 points, and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Vikings shot 39% from the floor, including a 12 for 32 effort from three-point range. They also grabbed 43 rebounds, and turned the ball over only nine times.

BOWLING SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8

(EAST BABYLON) On the tough Kegel Arsenic shot, Ed Aiken (Pine Bush High School) finished 12th in singles, at the Suffolk Tournament. Aiken threw a 501 series. Aiken then went on to finish 14th in All Events averaging 166. Aiken threw a high game of 205. The high average in the tournament at AMF Babylon and won by Steven’s Tech, was 187.

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